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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 129

Senator PRIMMER asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

Is it a fact that a dependent student above 16 years of age, in receipt of a Commonwealth Teachers Training Scholarship of about 16 dollars per week, is not covered by his parents health Insurance at the family rate nor is he covered by the Subsidised Health Insurance Scheme; if so, (a) does this mean that this person has to fully cover himself out of the Commonwealth Scholarship Allowance, and (b) does the Minister propose any action to overcome this situation.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

A dependent student in receipt of a Commonwealth Teaching Service Scholarship may be covered by his parents' health insurance provided the student is:

(a)   unmarried;

(b)   a full time student at a school college or university which is recognised for income tax purposes;

(c)   under the age of 25 years; and

(d)   not liable to pay income tax.

Although the Subsidised Health Benefits Plan is not specifically designed to provide direct assistance to dependent students, such a student could be covered if he were a member of a low income family which has qualified for the benefits. The Plan does not extend to single persons on low incomes.

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